Using the Internet for the benefit of all

Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held from 14-17 September at the Lithuanian Exhibition and Convention Centre (LITEXPO) in Vilnius and will focus on the overall issue of IGF 2010 – developing the future together

International representatives of government, the private sector, civil society, the academic and technical communities, international organizations and the media will discuss the overall issue of “IGF 2010 – developing the future together”. This theme reflects the open and inclusive nature of the IGF with its multilateral, multistakeholder, democratic and transparent approach to discussions of Internet-related public policy issues.

The Vilnius meeting will help articulate a view of how we can use the Internet for the benefit of all humankind, and how we can further address the risks and challenges ahead. Internet governance should not be seen as an end in itself, but as a means of achieving development for all as expressed in internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In broad-based consultations the following programme for the meeting includes: Managing critical Internet resources; security, openness and privacy; access and diversity; Internet governance for development; taking stock of Internet governance and the way forward and emerging issues: cloud computing.

Some 1,500 participants from more than 100 countries are expected to attend. Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development Jomo Kwame Sundaram will open the meeting.

The Internet Governance Forum is not a decision-making body, but a space for dialogue for all those involved to discuss Internet governance issues, where all participants engage as equals.  There will be no negotiated outcome, but the meeting will seek to create an open and inclusive dialogue among all participants on public policy issues relating to the Internet and create new dynamics between participating institutions.

The Internet Governance Forum is an outcome of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, which took place in 2005. In the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, Governments asked the Secretary-General to convene a new forum for policy dialogue to discuss issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the Internet’s sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development.

The initial four meetings of the IGF so far were held in Athens (2006), Rio de Janeiro (2007), Hyderabad (2008) and Sharm El Sheikh (2009). They illustrated the complexity and multifaceted nature of public policy issues related to Internet governance.

The General Assembly will decide later this year whether to follow the Secretary-General’s recommendation and extend the IGF mandate for another five years.

For more information: www.intgovforum.org

Reviewing the status of progress regarding poverty eradication

Expert Group Meeting on Poverty Eradication is part of the preparations for the 49th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) and will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 15-17 September

Organized by DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), in collaboration with the Economic Development and NEPAD Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the meeting is convened in the context of ECOSOC resolution 2010/L.5 in which the Economic and Social Council decided that the priority theme for the 2011-2012 review and policy cycle of the Commission should be “Poverty Eradication”, taking into account its relationship to social integration and full employment and decent work for all.

The outcomes of the meeting will provide important inputs to the work of the Commission, in particular contributing to reviewing the status of progress regarding poverty eradication as well as examining continuing challenges and prospects for poverty eradication in developing countries.

The primary objectives of the expert group meeting are to undertake a comprehensive review of successes, best practices and lessons learned, obstacles and gaps, as well as key challenges and opportunities, leading to concrete national, regional and international strategies for action.

The recommendations that will come out of this meeting will assist the Commission for Social Development during its deliberations of the priority theme for the 2011-2012 review and policy cycle. The deliberations of the meeting will also contribute to the preparation of the Report of the Secretary-General to be submitted to the 49th session of the Commission for Social Development on the priority theme of “Poverty Eradication”.

The working language of the meeting will be English (UNECA will provide French translation). Documentation for the meeting will be provided in English.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/social/meetings/egm10/index.html

Increasing women’s access and use of technology

Expert group meeting (EGM) on Gender, science and technology will take place from 28 September-1 October in Paris, France, in preparation of the fifty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The EGM will be organized by DESA’s Division for the Advancement of Women (now part of UN Women) and in collaboration with UNESCO and explore the gender dimensions of science and technology, and identify policies and programmes that can accelerate progress towards the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs.

It will examine strategies for: Increasing women’s access to and use of technology, including more gender-responsive products, increasing women’s access to and participation in science and technology education and training, and eliminating barriers to women’s participation in science and technology employment.

More information: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/egm/gst_2010/index.html

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